Rescuing and igniting hope for children and youth forced into illegal mining

After series of surveys conducted in mining communities within its Diaso Area programme, World Vision noticed that small-scale mining was the most common economic activity that youth engaged in. Due to financial constraints, some of them could not further their education, and others could not fend for themselves due to unemployment and thus had no other option than to result to small-scale mining.

Being a child-focused organisation and charged with the responsibility of ensuring the well-being of children and youth, as well as families, we introduced a youth and child well-being project. The output of the project saw the construction of schools in order to get back children who have dropped out of school into the classroom and the establishment of enterprise groups to help financially empower youth.

More than 6,900 children and adults benefited from the project, whose impact include saving the environment and improving livelihoods.